T5. 2016 Championship Qualifier

Venue: Geelong Chess Club, 33 Myers Street Geelong
Duration: from Friday 15th April to Friday 20th May, 2016
Time limit: 60 minutes, plus 30 seconds increment per move.
Clocks Start: 7pm
Enquiries / bye requests: send email to geelongchessclub@gmail.com

The 2016 Geelong Chess Club Championship Qualifying Tournament commenced on Friday, 15th April, 2016.

The event was a five-round Swiss Tournament, with players competing for either Open or Reserve Grade ranking in the 2016 Club Championship. The first six placings qualified for Open ranking.

Bye Requests

Players could elect to request a bye if they were unable to attend a round. Only one bye could be requested per player. A bye round earned half a point.

Tiebreaks

If more than one player was tied for 6th position, the Buchholz score (column “Buch.” below) was to be used as a tiebreak. If two players were tied with the same Bucholz score, the Median-Buchholz (column “M-Buch.”) was to be used as a tiebreak.

In the event two players were tied with the same Buchholz and Median-Buchholz score, a playoff mechanism was to be invoked. This would take the form of a 10-minute rapid play match (players drawing for colors) at the conclusion of round 5.

The tournament concluded without the need for Tiebreaks.

Games

Please see Qualifier2016.pgn for a full list of recorded games.

Round 1

Round 1 kicked off with 13 entries – new faces for this year’s Championship Cycle included Geoff Davis, Stuart Cuxson, Chris Ashworth, and Kingsley Chung. Please see results below.

No Name             Result   Name            

 1 Ristic, M (7)      0:1    Sugrue, M (1)   
 2 Babic, Z (2)       1:0    Davis, G (8)    
 3 Mcclaren, N (9)    0:1    Daneshvar, R (3)
 4 Barber, G (4)      1:0    Cuxson, S (11)  
 5 Smith, J (12)      0:1    Courtis, O (5)  
 6 Stokie, B (6)      1:0    Ashworth, C (13)
 7 Chung, K (10)     .5:.5   BYE             

Round 2

Round 2 was played on Friday 29th April. The match of the round saw Bill Stokie taking the overall lead with a win against Michael Sugrue, despite being two pawns down in a rook and pawn ending. Results were:

No Name              Result   Name           

 1 Sugrue, M (1)       0:1    Stokie, B (6)  
 2 Daneshvar, R (3)   .5:.5   Babic, Z (2)   
 3 Courtis, O (5)      0:1    Chung, K (10)  
 4 Cuxson, S (11)     .5:.5   Ristic, M (7)  
 5 Davis, G (8)        1:0    Smith, J (12)  
 6 Ashworth, C (13)    1:0    Mcclaren, N (9)
 7 Barber, G (4)      .5:.5   BYE

Round 3

Round 3 was played on Friday, 6th May. Reza Daneshvar and Geoff Barber both scored strong victories to take the shared lead. New player Stuart Cuxson backed up his round 2 draw against Mio Ristic, grinding out a Knight versus Bishop endgame win against Jack Smith.

Full Results:

No Name             Result   Name            

 1 Stokie, B (6)      0:1    Daneshvar, R (3)
 2 Chung, K (10)      0:1    Barber, G (4)   
 3 Babic, Z (2)      .5:.5   Sugrue, M (1)   
 4 Davis, G (8)       1:0    Courtis, O (5)  
 5 Ristic, M (7)      1:0    Ashworth, C (13)
 6 Smith, J (12)      0:1    Cuxson, S (11)  
 7 Mcclaren, N (9)   .5:.5   BYE

Round 4

Round 4 was completed on Friday, 13th May. Results:

No Name              Result   Name            

 1 Daneshvar, R (3)    1:0    Barber, G (4)   
 2 Stokie, B (6)       0:1    Babic, Z (2)    
 3 Cuxson, S (11)      0:1    Davis, G (8)    
 4 Sugrue, M (1)       1:0    Chung, K (10)   
 5 Mcclaren, N (9)     0:1    Ristic, M (7)   
 6 Courtis, O (5)      1:0    Ashworth, C (13)
 7 Smith, J (12)       1:0    BYE

Round 4 Standings

Place Name            Feder Rtg  Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Daneshvar, Reza       1657     3.5       4.5   8.0    8.5
 2-3  Babic, Zoran          1751     3         5.5  11.0    7.5
      Davis, Geoff          1456     3         3.5   7.0    6.0
 4-6  Sugrue, Michael       1895     2.5       4.5   9.0    6.0
      Barber, Geoff         1648     2.5       3.5   8.5    7.5
      Ristic, Mio           1470     2.5       2.5   5.5    4.5
 7-8  Stokie, Bill          1573     2         5.5  10.0    7.0
      Courtis, Owen         1634     2         2.5   6.0    5.0
9-10  Cuxson, Stuart        1200     1.5       5.0   8.5    3.5
      Chung, Kingsley       1300     1.5       4.5   9.0    5.0
11-12 Smith, Jack           1200     1         4.0   8.5    1.0
      Ashworth, Chris       1000     1         4.0   7.0    3.0
 13   Mcclaren, Nick        1350     0.5       4.5   9.0    1.0

Round 5

Round 5 was played at 7pm Friday, 20th May. Results:

No Name              Result   Name            

 1 Davis, G (8)        0:1    Daneshvar, R (3)
 2 Barber, G (4)      .5:.5   Sugrue, M (1)   
 3 Ristic, M (7)       0:1    Courtis, O (5)  
 4 Chung, K (10)       1:0    Cuxson, S (11)  
 5 Mcclaren, N (9)     1:0    Smith, J (12)   
 6 Ashworth, C (13)    1:0    BYE             
 7 Babic, Z (2)       .5:.5   BYE             
 8 Stokie, B (6)      .5:.5   BYE

As it turned out, no tiebreakers were required.

Reza Daneshvar took outright honours on 4.5 out of 5, his only draw being to 2015 co-champion Zoran Babic, who finished second on 3.5 out of 5. Geoff Barber, Michael Sugrue, Geoff Davis and Owen Courtis all qualified on a score of 3 out of 5.

The remaining players completed all matches, becoming eligible to compete for the Geelong Chess Club 2015 Reserves Championship.

Final Standings

Place Name            Feder Rtg  Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Daneshvar, Reza       1657     4.5       8.5  13.5   13.0
  2   Babic, Zoran          1751     3.5       8.5  15.5   11.0
 3-6  Barber, Geoff         1648     3         8.0  14.0   10.5
      Sugrue, Michael       1895     3         8.0  14.0    9.0
      Davis, Geoff          1456     3         8.0  13.0    9.0
      Courtis, Owen         1634     3         6.5  10.0    8.0
 7-9  Stokie, Bill          1573     2.5       9.0  15.0    9.5
      Chung, Kingsley       1300     2.5       8.5  13.0    7.5
      Ristic, Mio           1470     2.5       6.0  10.5    7.0
 10   Ashworth, Chris       1000     2         7.5  12.0    5.0
11-12 Cuxson, Stuart        1200     1.5       8.0  11.5    5.0
      Mcclaren, Nick        1350     1.5       6.5  11.5    2.5
 13   Smith, Jack           1200     1         7.0  11.5    2.0
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